Prof. Dr. Birol Kılkış
Ostim Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
(Life Member and Fellow ASHRAE)

Biography: Birol Kilkis was born in1949 in Ankara. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University with high honors in 1970. After completing his innovative research on heat transfer in fluidized beds, he was awarded the diploma with honors by the von Karman Institute in Belgium after completing his studies on fluid dynamics and aeronautics. Dr. Kilkis received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with high honors from the Middle East Technical University. As a recipient of the TUBITAK Encouragement Award in 1981, he continued his academic career at the Middle East Technical University between 1972 and 1990, as an assistant, instructor, Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof, and Professor, also at capacities of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Director of the Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, member of Energy Group. His overseas activities covered two interim periods, namely as the Director of Research and Development at the Heatway Company (Later Watts Radiant) in Missouri, USA, and as a contracting researcher for the US Department of Energy (USDOE), at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Rolla, He acted as the project principal for snow melting systems for US Air Force bases, heat tracing of fighter jet aircraft during freezing periods, and snow/ice melting of helicopter pads on Navy Vessels. He taught at Gannon University also as the director of Computer Graphics between 1981 and 1983. Dr. Kilkis has been working on heat transfer, unified heat transfer theory, high-performance buildings, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat pumps, energy strategies, hydrogen energy with renewable energy resources, hydrogen cities, 5th generation, nearly-zero-exergy cities, district energy systems, aerodynamics, exergy analysis, hydrogen cities, combined heat and power, tri-generation, green airports, sustainable aviation, integrated solar PV systems, and energy simulations. He is the co-author of the most recent book on Cogeneration with Renewables. In total, he has published more than 600 papers in several journals and proceedings on a large variety of topics. Since 1972, he has been the principal investigator of several industrial projects, including a NATO Science for Stability project on a de-centralized, co-generating 1.5 MW fluidized-bed power plant. Before joining OSTIM Technical University as a professor in 2020, he taught for 10 years at Baskent University in Ankara, also at the capacity of the chair of the Energy Engineering Graduate Program. Currently, he is the vice-chair, and WP 1 Leader in ETIP Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) Platform of the European Union, Brussels. He jointly holds three patents on operative temperature sensing, next-generation solar and wind energy systems. He is a Fellow of ASHRAE, recipient of ASHRAE Distinguished Service and ASHRAE Exceptional Service Awards, after acting as the Section 6 Head and founder of TC 7.4 on Exergy Analysis in Buildings. Dr. Kilkis became the President of the Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (TTMD) between 2017 and 2019.

Title: Is exergy destruction minimization is the same thing with energy efficiency maximization?

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Dr. Sanjeevikumar Padmanaban
Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Biography: Sanjeevikumar Padmanaban (Member’12–Senior Member'15, IEEE) received the degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 2012. He was an Associate Professor with VIT University from 2012 to 2013. In 2013, he joined the National Institute of Technology, India, as a Faculty Member. In 2014, he was invited as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation (Government of Qatar). He continued his research activities with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, in 2014. Further, he served an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2016 to 2018. Since 2018, he has been a Faculty Member with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark. He has authored over 300 scientific papers. S. Padmanaban was the recipient of the Best Paper cum Most Excellence Research Paper Award from IET-SEISCON'13, IET-CEAT'16, IEEE-EECSI'19, IEEE-CENCON'19 and five best paper awards from ETAEERE'16 sponsored Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Springer book. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India, the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K. He is an Editor/Associate Editor/Editorial Board for refereed journals, in particular the IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL, IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications, IEEE ACCESS, IET Power Electronics, IET Electronics Letters, and Wiley-International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems, Subject Editorial Board Member—Energy Sources—Energies Journal, MDPI, and the Subject Editor for the IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, and FACTS journal (Canada).

Title: A State-of-The-Art: DC‐to‐DC Converters for Fuel Cell Vehicular Power Train – Power Electronics in Fuel Cell Technology

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Dr. Sertaç Bayhan
College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar

Biography: Sertac Bayhan received the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. His undergraduate studies also at the same university and he graduated as valedictorian. In 2008, he joined the Electronics and Automation Department, Gazi University, as a Lecturer, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. From 2014 to 2018, he worked at Texas A&M University at Qatar as Associate Research Scientist. Dr. Bayhan is currently working in Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) as a Senior Scientist and he is a faculty member with the rank of Associate Professor in Sustainable Division of College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
Dr. Bayhan is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, such as the Research Fellow Excellence Award in recognition of his research achievements and exceptional contributions to the Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2018, the Best Paper Presentation Recognition at the 41st and 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2015 and 2016, Research Excellence Travel Awards in 2014 and 2015 (Texas A&M University at Qatar), and Researcher Support Awards from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). He has acquired $13M in research funding and published more than 150 papers in mostly prestigious IEEE journals and conferences. He is also the coauthor of two books and four book chapters
Dr. Bayhan has been active Senior Member of IEEE. Because of the visibility of his research, he was elected as the Chair of IES Power Electronics Technical Committee and serves as a Co-Chair of IEEE-IES Student and Young Professional Activity Program. He currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS on INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Industrial Electronics Technology News, and Guest Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS on INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS.

Title: Next-Generation Smart Grids: Power Electronics Dominated Power Systems

Abstract: Over the last few decades, electrical energy systems have become overstrained and faced various stressed conditions more often because of increased electricity demand and the adaptation of various fluctuating renewable energy resources. Undoubtedly, at some point within the next decade, intensive electricity demand will exceed total electricity generation and transmission capacity, which will force decision-makers to build new plants and put major changes in the whole grid infrastructure. Building new bulk power plants will not be practical considering economic, safety, and environmental concerns. Therefore, the traditional utility grid has to experience an inclusive transformation to avoid a prospective crisis with existing power plants and available infrastructure. To ensure power continuity and minimize the difference between the supply and demand energy, the smart grid paradigm has to be introduced with solutions that include demand response, energy efficiency improvement, and renewable energy sources (RES) integration. RES-based generators are often connected to the grid via power electronics converter (PEC). The massive deployment of PECs leads to a hybrid ac/dc transmission system and bring challenges in operation and planning of power system, especially in the transient time frame. The high penetration level of PECs reduces the inertial response capability and the short circuit power of the grid and consequently reduces the level of transient stability of the power system. This talk primarily focuses on design consideration of next-generation smart grids, including the PEC-interfaced generators, energy storage systems, their grid connection requirements, current status, and also future opportunities.

Dr. Selami Balcı
Department of Electrical Electronics Engineering, Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University, Turkey

Biography: Selami Balcı received the B.S., M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical education from the Gazi University, Ankara, in 1997, 2010 and 2016, respectively. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from April 2018 to November 2020, and he is still working as an Associate Professor at the same faculty in Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University. His research interests include medium frequency power transformer, transformer design with the soft magnetic core material, transformer thermal analysis, inductor design, electromagnetic modeling with FEA software, and performance analysis of the power electronics circuits.

Title: The Co-Simulation Studies of the Power Electronic Circuits with FEA Software

Abstract: Among the power switches used in the past, the conduction losses of silicon-based MOSFETs increase after a certain voltage, and the switching losses increase when the IGBTs are operated at high switching frequency values. This increase in power losses was the factor that prevented designs from reaching high power values with higher power density. Depending on the developments in semiconductor power switches technology, SiC / Gan power switches have been developed, and accordingly, the possibility of switching at much higher frequency values has emerged for designs with higher power values. Thus, an important step was taken in reducing the size of power electronic circuits and improving their performance. However, extraordinary developments in switches are not enough to achieve the smallest dimensions. Inductors and transformers, which are the basic energy-storing elements used in a converter design, must also be in a structure that can operate in accordance with the current high frequency values. These developments can be stated mainly as changes in core materials and design details in windings. These changes can be seen in many areas such as electric vehicles, uninterrupted power supplies, grid-scale energy storage systems, renewable energy sources, and telecommunication power supply systems.

Prof. Dr. Sudan Jha
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chandigarh University, India

Biography: Sudan JhaEnthusiastic researcher with two PhD degrees*; 20+ years of experience in Academics with proven track record in University Administration as a Principal, prominent researcher, Software Project Developer/Manager; Currently Professor in Computer Science and Engineering in Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, Punjab; Editor-in-Chief in International Journal of Information Communication Technology and Digital Convergence (IJICTDC); Standing on Individual Consultant of Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA - Telecom Regulatory Body of Government of Nepal); Managing Director at MindCrawl Consultancy (ICT Consultancy services); (PDF)

Title: IoT with Green Energy

Abstract: Internet of things (IoT) has been a noteworthy zone of research for empowering interconnection and joining the physical world through the Internet. At the beginning, it was used for single things but later advancements in different computing devices resulted in a new terminology called the internet of computing (IoC). The recent advancements on IoT with IoC has yielded out (1) devices connected via various communication modes and (2) deterministic communication in IoT. The talk will focus on how the that data stored in the cloud needs to be mapped with geographic information system in order to fit with IoT and IoC. Besides, it will also focus on how the reliable connection plays a vital role in collaborated IoT and IoC towards green energy environment; especially, "free" green energy to power IoT devices and revolutionarily enable wireless charging of these devices. Green IoT can be introduced in three ways (ambience, harvesting and wireless charging), in which the latter step reinforces the former step to ensure the availability of green energy. With the ongoing worldwide development of IoT, an unprecedented number of IoT devices imperatively consume a substantial amount of energy. IoT devices have been predicted to be the leading energy guzzler in Information and Communications Technology by 2021.